The Euro-Arab Youth Forum aims to foster mutual cooperation and dialogue among European and Arab Youth leaders and representatives of youth associations on topics of shared concern within a framework of commitment to a culture of universal human rights and intercultural dialogue.
he 5th Euro-Arab Youth Forum brought together 100 young people from the Council of Europe and Arab League member countries. Young people’s values and commitment to intercultural and cohesive societies was the underlying theme to share and discuss realities, challenges and aspirations among young Arabs and Europeans.
Despite the very different demographical, social and culture realities of young Arabs and Europeans, the forum participants were driven by a common desire to overcome prejudice and barriers and by the commitment to intercultural dialogue and exchange.
The forum adopted the Strasbourg Message, reflecting the proposals and expectations of the participants on future Euro-Arab cooperation and possibilities to enlarge spaces for effective participation and citizenship of young people.
Participants expressed their concerns about the shrinking space for civil society, poor access to social rights, rampant corruption and lack of accountability of governments to citizens in many countries. They also called on all member states of the Council of Europe and of the League of Arab States to live up to their international commitments and duties to safeguard human rights, with regards to the current refugee crisis by hosting more refugees fleeing from armed conflicts.